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Throughout the novel, Morgan chronicles Julie's trials in prose of great dignity and clarity, capturing the rhythms of North Carolina speech by using only the subtlest of inflections. Clearly the author has done his research too--the descriptions of physical labor practically leap off the page. (Suffice to say, you'll learn far more about hog slaughtering than you ever dreamed of knowing.) Yet he resists the temptation to make his long-suffering characters into saints. Julie simmers with resentment at being her family's workhorse, and Hank flies into a helpless rage whenever he feels that his authority is questioned. In novels like The Truest Pleasure and The Hinterlands, Morgan proved his ability to create memorable heroines. In Gap Creek, he writes with great feeling--but not a touch of sentimentality--about a life Julie aptly calls "both simple and hard."
This was the "story of a marriage" and it was very well written.
It's an easy read in the way you don't want to put the book down, but difficult to read because you're afraid to turn the page to see what Julie has to endure next.
The book is very mediocre, the characters all either unrealistic or stereotypical, and the story is just a little too simplistic.
While the events of Gap Creek are quite authentic--the author is from Appalachia, as am I--the series of events reminded me somewhat of Ethan Frome, not because the actual events... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Beowallace
This is the first time reading Robert Morgan and I enjoyed this novel very much. I just started reading The Road From Gap Creek
and hope its just as good.
It was so interesting to read how people lived in those days just to survive the elements & their day to struggles to try to find work and get their food from the land.Published 1 month ago by Genette Kaplan
Both the prose and the emotions this book evokes are unbelievably beautiful. READ IT!!!Published 1 month ago by Emmie Lou
I found this to be a very good detailed story of what it was like for people who lived during that period of time. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Evelyn Johnson
Kept waiting for something good to happen to Julie. Her husband did grow & become more mature. In the end they never owned the house so how else could it end. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Judith Marsh
A very gripping story of a wife in an Appalachian setting. She is an inspirational character that inspires admiration by the reader.Published 4 months ago by Elizabeth A. Werner
This book was incredible! I loved the protagonist (I can't remember her name because it's been about a decade since I've read this), and the storyline was so intriguing. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Vegigirl